Virgil van Dijk was handed an extra one-match ban for his conduct in direction of the referees, and a letter from Liverpool reveals his frustration was born from an “inconsistent method.”
The Liverpool captain’s pink card towards Newcastle resulted in a one-match ban, however his subsequent response to John Brooks’ resolution noticed it double to 2.
Van Dijk has since accepted the decision after the “costly lesson,” as he was additionally fined £100,000 for actions the FA felt had been “extremely inappropriate.”
As per each incident, the FA has revealed the choice and written causes for Van Dijk’s case, which included a letter from Liverpool in regards to the incident – it highlighted the frustrations that exist over officiating inconsistencies.
“The Participant needs to convey that his frustration arose from his real perception that his deal with on the NUFC participant, Alexander Isak was a good problem and never a foul.
“In our discussions with the Participant in regards to the Incident following receipt of the Cost Letter, the Participant has defined to us that he did the identical or a really comparable deal with towards Dominic Solanke through the Membership’s match towards AFC Bournemouth the week earlier than on 19t [sic] August 2023 and that deal with was not deemed a foul.
“This seemingly inconsistent method contributed to the Participant’s frustration.
“He’s adamant that he didn’t name the Referee a ‘fucking joke’ and that he was referring to the Referee’s resolution and the following resolution by the VAR to not overturn the choice when he stated ‘absolute fucking joke’.”
On the final level, nevertheless, the panel “comfortably conclude[d] that VVD’s phrases had been aimed in direction of the Referee personally.”
They went on to conclude that Van Dijk’s actions had been “extremely inappropriate and avoidable” and that the Dutchman fell in need of the requirements required by Premier League representatives.
Liverpool argued for a one-match ban for his actions however the FA tabled two as that’s “the automated sanction for a participant dismissed for ‘utilizing offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or actions’.”
In addition they felt a £150,000 nice was acceptable, however each the ban and the nice had been decreased when the ultimate resolution was made due to Van Dijk’s “admission and subsequent apology.”
Van Dijk will serve his one-match ban when Liverpool journey to Wolves on Saturday, the place, hopefully, the Reds could make it two video games in a row with 11 males on the sphere on the closing whistle.